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Choosing a Portable Table

It’s the start of a new year and many people are embarking on careers in natural therapies. Like with any new study you feel bombarded with information at first, so we’ve put together a list of the top 5 things to look for in a portable massage table to make that decision a little less daunting.

1. Consider what treatments you want to provide and how you will use your table.

  • Do you require a flat table, or one with a lift up backrest?
  • Will you mainly be working as a mobile therapist (in which case a lightweight table is very important) or will the table mainly be set up in the one place?

2. What size table do you require?

  • Make sure the table is a good length and it has the capability to add extension pieces for extra comfort and taller clients.
  • The table should be wide enough for the majority of clients to rest comfortably, but not so wide you injure yourself when working. The ideal range would be from 66cm to 73cm (unless you’re offering specialty treatments like Thai massage).
  • The table should be height adjustable, even if you’re the only one using it, the size of the body on top can affect the way you work. Also check how the height is adjusted, if you need to do so regularly, a push button adjustment is a lot quicker and easier than a screw type.

3. Table quality checklist

  • How thick is the base? Thinner bases may flex creating noise during a massage.
  • The leg design should be sturdy and allow you access if you were sitting at the end of the table.
  • What’s the stability of the table like? Does it shake when clients are on it or tip up as people are getting on or off?
  • What thickness and density is the foam? Remember your clients could be laying there for an hour at a time, comfort is paramount.
  • Look at the overall finish quality, the stitching and upholstery, hinges and latches.
  • Finally, and most importantly, read the warranty. How long is it? Is the table rated for commercial use?    

4. How much should I spend?

Of course your budget will dictate this, but just remember, a therapist really only has one tool (apart from yourself) so common sense would dictate that you buy the best you can afford. A good massage table can last 20 years, some of the cheaper imported ones on the market are lucky to last 6 months. Whether a client comes to you for pampering and relaxation or treatment for pain relief, their comfort during that time will reflect on you so when choosing your table, consider it from their viewpoint, not just your own.

5.  Where should I buy from?

Buy from a reputable company within the industry. If something were to go wrong, how easy is it to get repairs and where would you have to go to make a warranty claim? 

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